If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Amazon has one of the new additions to the Echo family at a Black Friday-level discount: For the past few days, the retailer's been selling the Echo Show for $150. This Alexa device normally sells for $230. This deal is also available at Echo-friendly stores like Best Buy, Target, and B&H. The big feature with the Echo Show is that it offers a 7-inch touchscreen with a 1024x600 resolution. The display can show weather updates, calendar appointments, shopping lists, and so on instead of just reading them back to you.
The TP-LINK HS100 smart plug is quite simply a power outlet that you can control from anywhere. Using your smartphone, you can turn devices on & off, set programs to turn them on & off at set times while you're away, or engage a "countdown timer" which powers the switch off after a set amount of time. Installation is simple -- just plug a device into your smart plug and connect to your wifi network. The HS100 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, for voice control. Buy multiple plugs and get creative.
Microsoft's Bing search engine and Cortana digital assistant might not change that much from day to day, but behind the scenes they're getting smarter--integrating factual insights from more sources, including the opinions of Reddit users. At an AI-focused event in San Francisco, Microsoft showed off a number of improvements, all geared towards increasing the "intelligence" of Bing, Cortana, and Microsoft Office. Why this matters: Calling out some of these behind-the-scenes upgrades helps Microsoft demonstrate its unique attributes, and thus relevance, among the competing AI-based platforms of Amazon, Apple, and Google. Bing already lets you comparison shop for similar items across the web. Now you can isolate an object in a photo and shop for it.
Your message has been sent. There was an error emailing this page. Amazon has a discount of $20 active right now on their all new Echo smart speaker, which features a new speaker, new design, and is available in a range of styles including fabrics and wood veneers. Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more -- instantly. Echo averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,200 reviewers, and with the current discount you can grab it for yourself (or someone else) now for just $79.99.
Typing is unquestionably a staple in our daily lives, but given enough time, even this activity will go the way of floppy disks and dial-up Internet. With Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13, you can tap into the future of productivity thanks to its advanced speech recognition software that lets you get more done faster on your computer. Plus, it's on sale for 60% off its normal retail price for a limited time. This time-saving software turns your spoken words into text, allowing you to dictate documents up to 3 times faster than typing and with up to 99 percent accuracy. It understands and executes simple voice commands and trims down on typos and spelling mistakes.
The obvious choice here isn't actually the "Price is no object" pick in our graphics cards buying guide. If you demand the pinnacle of PC gaming performance no matter the cost, you'll want to pick up Nvidia's Titan Xp ($1,200 on Nvidia's website). This second revision of the "Pascal" GPU generation's Titan uses Nvidia's full-blown GP102 graphics processor to power the most graphically demanding games of today without breaking a sweat, even at 4K resolution. The even more potent Titan V ($3,000 on Nvidia's website) pushes further with a next-gen "Volta" GPU and HBM2 memory, but it's specialized for machine learning tasks and data science. Realistically, most gamers should pick up the still-ridonkulously powerful GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ($800 for an EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 on Amazon).
Could a $20 home security camera actually be any good? That was the question on our mind when we were pitched the WyzeCam, the first offering from a cabal of ex-Amazon employees trading under the name Wyze Labs. Turns out the answer is, yeah, it can be very good. WyzeCam defies everything we know about Wi-Fi security cameras. Not only does it cost a fraction of most of its popular competitors (you could buy 10 WyzeCams for the price of one Nest Cam), it also doesn't require a costly cloud subscription or look like a sci-fi film prop.
Now is a good time to get started on smart home plans for yourself or someone on your gift list: Today, Best Buy is selling a Philips Hue smart bulb-Google Home bundle for $199. Usually that price would cover the Philips Hue bulb package alone. The bundle includes four Philips Hue white and color ambiance bulbs, a Philips Hue Bridge, and a Google Home smart speaker. Philips Hue is a popular choice for smart light bulbs, and when we last looked at them in late 2016--Philips has released a new generation since then--we found them to be the "best-looking bulbs on the market." As you might guess from the bundle, they also work with Google Home, which allows you to control the lights via voice commands.
Seven long months after the next-generation "Volta" graphics architecture debuted in the Tesla V100 for data centers, the Nvidia Titan V finally brings the bleeding-edge tech to PCs in traditional graphics card form. But make no mistake: This golden-clad monster targets data scientists, with a tensor core-laden hardware configuration designed to optimize deep learning tasks. You won't want to buy this $3,000 GPU to play Destiny 2. But that doesn't mean we humble PC gamers can't glean information from Volta's current AI-centric incarnations. Here are five key things you need to know about the Titan V and Nvidia's Volta GPU. Editor's note: This article was originally published on May 11, 2017 but was updated on December 8 to include information from the Titan V.
Nvidia's cutting-edge Volta GPU architecture has finally come to desktops. Late Thursday night, Nvidia launched the monstrous, golden Titan V, a $3,000 graphics card with 12GB of HBM2 memory and over a thousand more CUDA cores than the game-slaying Titan Xp. But this beast isn't made for gaming--though it'd no doubt be very good at it. Instead, Nvidia says this card "transforms the PC into an AI supercomputer." While the still-available Titan Xp was theoretically a compute card but better suited as a best-in-class gaming card, the Titan V doubles down on data crunching.